Friday, July 5, 2013

1 North: Elk Cove, Elk Cove Inn

Elk Cove Inn  6300 S. Hwy. 1, 20 mi. S of Mendocino, (800) 275-2967, (707) 877-3321. 15 units.  Some fireplaces.  Unsuitable for children under 12.  Small full-service spa.  Arrival wine & cookies, afternoon cocktails/wine & snack, full buffet breakfast with champagne.  Pets ok in some rooms.  Located down from the highway atop a bluff, this traditional craftsman-style house was built in 1883 as an executive guest house.  It offers a variety of rooms and suites in several buildings, and many have a spectacular ocean view.  Opened to guests in 1968, it was the first B&B in this area.  In this very quiet spot you can hear the frogs chirping softly at night.  Guest rooms are all delightfully different and most have an ocean view, fireplace, and balcony.  Some, like the primo L.E. White Suite, has a full-on ocean view.  Attached in a row, the Oceanfront Cottages include Greenwood, which has refinished hardwood floors, a wood-burning stove, and a shower with hand-painted tiles and a large window cutout with ocean view.  Rooms in the Victorian house are the least expensive and perhaps highest in charm--it’s hard not to fall in love with the inn’s least expensive room here, the robin’s-egg-blue Swallow’s Nest and its hand-painted-tile shower.  Breakfast includes a fabulous full buffet with champagne and takes place in a large space with yet another spectacular ocean view.  Everything is freshly made and choices include an array of yummy items such as Southern spoon bread, cottage cheese Morning Pie, diminutive orange scones, veggie omelettes, deviled eggs, biscuits and gravy, bread pudding with Bourbon praline sauce, and much, much more.  Coffee is from the acclaimed local
roaster Thanksgiving Coffee.  After, allow time to walk the trail in front leading down to mile-long Greenwood State Beach, where you can view imposing Gunderson Rock up close, collect smooth stones, and explore caves and tide pools.  Another trail leads into town.

Check out the local surf.

Things to do in Mendocino.

More ideas for exploring Northern California. 

images c2013 Carole Terwilliger Meyers

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